Cleveland Crusher | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by warrenout330 on 11-01-2012

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Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NMA
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzy
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StretchZep
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dull black with a dense mocha foam that fades to a thin ring.

Smell is supreme dark roast, chocolatey cocoa and nuts while taste brings a tangy, sweeter element than regular BORIS, such as hints of red fruit and cola.

The classic chocolate nuttiness is there, but less so, as it finishes with an unusually chalky dry swallow. Otherwise the body is medium and almost crisp with a thin carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, near black body with a thin beige cap. Aromas of roast, char, dark chocolate, rich malt. Similar flavor. Medium thick body with low carbonation. Nicely done. I didn't realize this was basically a variant of BORIS.

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Photo of lotgod
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy medium brown head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a big beer like this and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Awww yeah! This smells wonderful. Big roastiness to start. Layers of caramel and molasses. Oats and vanilla. Mild dark fruitiness. Bittersweet chocolate.

4.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Moderate sweetness, supple roastiness. Oats and vanilla are super strong in the taste. Molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Subtle warming throughout without much booziness.

4.25 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and supremely smooth.

4.5 D: Really good beer. Definitely on par with their other stouts.

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Photo of nollie77
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robgage
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Can glass

A: Liking looking into the abyss just total darkness and like the abyss it may look back at you. Creamy milk chocolate head pours as big as you want depending on how aggressive you get. This beer coats the glass

S: Sweet roasted malts, smells licorice a little, with some chocolate

T: Nice chocolate taste it's sweet has some oats taste and a little roast coffee on the aftertaste. It's a huge beer the booze is well hidden mostly you taste the chocolate thick then thin but never super sweet almost like bakers chocolate

M: This has a lush and thick mouthfeel you know you are drinking a huge beer and it just clings so you can keep tasting it long after it's gone

O: This beer is fantastic the difference between this and regular BORIS us this is brewed with Belgian chocolate. It's a big beer that drinks incredibly smooth. Hoppin Frog is considered expensive big this one is worth it.

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Photo of grover37
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber from SomethingClever. Thank you beer brother!

I'm getting down to business with this brew here. This isn't for the newbie beer taster. There is a lot going on with this brew than just an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Never mind the Bollocks, time to describe this beer! First off, this brew pours massive! Straight jet black body that is as pitch dark as a moonless witching hour! Very impressive deep mocha head crowning its horror...I mean glory. This brew has so much roasted malts that it coats the sides of my Chalice as I twirl it around. Yeah this is a perfect looking Imperial Stout!

The nostrils pick up so much roasted malt complexity, it's as if this wasn't even an American Brewer that crafted this. First whiff picks up your normal roasted malt goodness. Then it switches gears and goes full throttle with fruity red apple and pear notes that scream excellence! Then it bends my mind with a caramel sweetness that seems to excel in the background. In reality what I'm saying that this smells like a cup of coffee with a piece of toast and a caramel apple thrown in the mix. Breakfast in America!

The taste is just as excellent! First hits the palate with subtle oats, then punishes your tongue with all this roasted malt goodness. This brew hits hard and clean at the same time. After the swallow all the flavors get back to their stations and leaves you with a well orchestrated brew. Caramel, cocoa nibs, red apple skins with some unripped pear meat that seems to meld in harmony with some coffee roast. This brew finishes dry with slight booze on the back part of the palate, yet it adds diversity and not offensive as say KBS. The feel on this brew is very smooth slightly on the heavy side yet not overboard with chewiness. Carbonation plays its role to make sure the flavors pop on the tastebuds.

Overall: This brew is Fast and Loud like an Amon Amarth concert in your mouth! There isn't anything offensive about this brew at all. All the flavors are well orchestrated, smooth body that is approaching vicious. Even the alcohol plays a part to add depth like a good Belgian Strong Dark. There is only one thing that I say that I hate about this brew..... That Hoppin Frog doesn't Distribute their Malted Beers to central MD. WIth that said this brew is Recommended.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up Cleveland Crusher at Vintage in Boardman OH last week

A- Body is a thick, deep, dark black coffee color. Pours with a 1 finger dark brown head but it quickly fades leaving behind a thin collar and little lacing in the glass. When held up to a fairly dim light-body is opaque.

S- Lots of dark chocolate and anise come through in the nose. Just a hint of alcohol astringency and roasted malt come through.

T- Very similar to the nose-but bigger. Dark chocolate and a hint of anise upfront. The finish adds a fair amount of roasted malt bitterness, a hint of pine hops, and a bit of alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a nice balance of roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise, a very minute hint of pine, and a nice moderate alcohol warmth.

M- Big heavy body, and low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and rich. This is what I love about oatmeal stouts.

O- Overall this is a nice, big, rich imperial stout by Hoppin Frog. It has a lot more chocolate and anise and a lot less roasted malt than B.O.R.I.S. Much more of an oatmeal IRS tone as well. Reminds me of the late, great Southern Tier OAT. Great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Pulling off of their famed imperial oatmeal series and devising such taste for Cleveland's Beer Week. Its luxuriously dark taste and lavish texture suits the scene well.

The Cleveland Crusher layers into the glass with an ominous viscosity. Showing as much legging as lace, its inky texture applies an even and tawny stain against the glass. Heavily roasted malt unleashes the aroma of espresso, cocoa and burnt toffee. Underlying malt sweetness coats the palate with lavish chocolate, black-strap molasses and brownie batter.

As the stout opens up to a full-blown tar texture and oily viciousness, its the bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnut and espresso bean. Milkshake-like underneath, the roasted elements are upheld with the underpinnings of oats, cake, and seared toffee. With a pep of grilled fruit, cherry, berry and blackcurrant enter the mix as the stout concludes.

With drying roast, alcohol warmth and the acrid astringency of coffee grounds, its woodish hop bitterness seems more coffee-derived as its mild ash and campfire character arises. Still, its cocoa-laden sweetness calls attention even late.

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Photo of Mclendpm
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%

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